‘Two-A-Days’ more entertainment than football, but that’s no problem
Halfway through Wednesday night's premiere hour of "Two-A-Days: Hoover High," the premise turned from something resembling an upper class "Friday Night Lights" to another episode of "Laguna Beach."
And that's fine, really. No one expected Humidity Entertainment's documentary of the Hoover Bucs, which followed the team through its 2005 state title run, to be an X's and O's football documentary. Thank goodness, too, since following coach Rush Propst in the film room would be the perfect pre-bedtime entertainment.
Here's the scene that changed Wednesday's hour-long debut: Intelligence was gleaned from a high-ranking high school source that implicated one of the stars of the show, a senior football player named Alex, in an extra-relationship affair with another woman, Keagan. This is a problem, since Alex's girlfriend, Kristin, is another major character on the television program.
It's a good thing that a cheerleader is one of the show's main characters. It's not all about what happens on the field that makes high school football fun.
Liberties with the truth? There were a few. There will probably be more.
For starters, remember the radio host who starts his program when the player slaps his alarm clock in the morning? He doesn't exactly have a radio show in Birmingham. He just does those games on the radio, and the audio is presented as the filmmakers chose.
Also, goalposts are shown being constructed at the Hoover Met as the show preps its viewers for the showdown with Nease. That game, though, was played at Hoover's on-campus facility.
One thing prominently missing from Wednesday's debut was the 56-6 walloping Propst put on Decatur High in our fair municipality last October. The program is about entertainment, after all, and that was far from it. (It could be in future episodes.)
It was also shocking to see these otherwise upstanding, church-going high school football coaches use their four-letter vocabulary in front of their pupils. Aren't they interested in their players' development as fine, morally upright young men, too?
Instead, we have Propst informing his players that they'll get their (expletive) in the (expletive) bed at a certain time. (That bed is, of course, at the team hotel, a Marriott.)
All things considered, the show was worth the hour I spent watching it. If there's any testament to the kind of super-program Propst has built, this show is it. In that alone, I saw much of what I saw when I went to Hoover last fall when on an in-depth assignment for THE DAILY to profile the Hoover program in advance of the Hoover-Decatur game. Somehow, I missed the jilted lover, Kristin, whose storyline with Alex promises to be what keeps this show going. I hope my editors don't hold me responsible for that oversight.